Tamarindo car hire

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Tamarindo car hire information

Pick-up locationTamarindo
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Hire locations32
Airport locations7

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Tamarindo

  • Opting for car hire in Tamarindo is a great way to explore the city and visit nearby beauty spots. Tamarindo has a local bus network; however, this system can be quite confusing for tourists, and all the buses make multiple stops, meaning journeys can take much longer. Hiring a car in Tamarindo will also give you access to great beaches along Costa Rica’s south coast, such as the Playa Avellana and the Playa Callejones, which cannot be reached by bus.
  • If you are travelling to Tamarindo by plane, you can collect your hire car from branches located near Tamarindo Airport (TNO). TNO is a small domestic airport that is used to connect passengers with Tamarindo from different parts of Costa Rica. Given the airport’s small size, there are no on-site car hire agencies. However, you will find Tamarindo car hire companies located around a 5-min taxi ride from the airport. A taxi fare to travel this distance will usually cost around 300 CRC (4 GBP).
  • Driving conditions in Costa Rica can vary greatly depending on when you visit and which parts of the country you choose to drive in. In and around Tamarindo, you will generally find that roads are well-maintained. However, if you are exploring further afield and driving in more remote places, you may have to use your judgement to decide when to push on and when to turn back. One important factor to consider is weather conditions. If you visit Tamarindo during the rainy season (May-November) floods and landslides can be a problem, especially along the coast. Meanwhile, in the dry season (December-April), you may find that roads are very dusty and that you need to drive carefully to avoid skidding. It is a good idea to check weather conditions before you head out on long drives, and use maps on your phone to plan your route as roads are generally not signposted.
  • Between May-October, Tamarindo is usually very crowded with surfers aiming for the beach. When you choose car hire in Tamarindo during these months, you may find that traffic congestion in and around the city is a problem. You will also find a lot of congestion on major roads around Tamarindo, like the 155 and the 152. These roads are especially busy at rush hour, from 07:00-09:00 and from 17:00-20:00.
  • Book your rental car in Tamarindo at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Tamarindo are around 10% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Tamarindo

  • How much is the price of fuel in Tamarindo?

    The average price of fuel in Tamarindo is $8.51 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $102 and $136, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Tamarindo?

    Mini (Suzuki Jimny or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Tamarindo.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Tamarindo?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Tamarindo?

    A Mini car hire in Tamarindo costs $97 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Tamarindo?

    A Standard car hire in Tamarindo costs $85 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Tamarindo?

    An Intermediate car hire in Tamarindo costs $86 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Tamarindo?

    When you choose car hire in Tamarindo, you should think about the type of driving you will be doing during your stay. As Tamarindo is a small, rural destination, visitors who want to explore beyond the town may find themselves often driving on tough terrain, meaning that an SUV with 4X4 capacity is an ideal car hire option. However, if you plan to stay mainly in the town or stick to the major roads and motorways, a standard-size car will suit your needs just fine.

  • What’s the speed limit in Tamarindo?

    You may not see a lot of speed limit signs while driving in Costa Rica, so memorising the general speed rules is a good idea. In urban areas, the speed limit is usually 40 km/h (25 mph), although this may fall to 20 km/h (10 mph) on some city roads. On rural roads and single-carriageways, the speed limit is 60 km/h (35 mph). Meanwhile, on motorways, you can travel up to 100 km/h (60 mph). Motorways in Costa Rica also have a minimum speed limit of 40 km/h (25 mph).

  • Where are the best places to park in Tamarindo?

    When you choose Tamarindo car hire, you will find plenty of convenient parking options. Most Tamarindo car parks are located near the coast, meaning they get busy in the peak months for surfing (May-October). Parking fares in Tamarindo are usually around 3500 CRC (0.5 GBP) for a short stay. Do not be tempted to park at the roadside unless you are sure it is not a restricted parking zone. Restricted zones are marked in yellow, but can also include areas near taxi ranks, driveways, and bus stops. If you park in a restricted zone, you could face a fine or have your licence plates removed by authorities.

Tamarindo car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

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Cleanliness

9.0

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9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.0

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Alado Del Hotel Best Western

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2022

KAYAK
I was not pushed into any additional insurance l coverage which was refreshing. Of course I've rented enough in Costa Rica to know there would be an additional liability charge so I was expecting the cost increase for that. The car was ready at the right time. I will rent from them again.

1 out of 1

Economy Rent a Car

6.8

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Tamarindo

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Tamarindo Airport

+506 2299 2000

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Tamarindo Downtown

+506 2299 2000

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6.0 Okay

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were helpful and area was clean

Cons:

Lots of hidden costs. Minimum insurance purchase amounts and red tape. Payment online is solely for the car rental not for any insurance etc. Staff were great though it’s not their fault.

6.0 Okay

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was great and they transferred me back to my hotel.

Cons:

Pickup was a mess — I was 60 mins late to pick up my car and they had already given it away. After Expressing my displeasure they finally offered a large tourist van as a replacement and promised to replace it was a small SUV later that day. They never replaced it — even after much follow up — which directly affected the quality of our experience and travel.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

when we arrived car was not available. Wanted us to wait 2 hours for delivery. Next they announced additional 28 dollars a day for "mandatory" additional insurance. Went nearby got same car cheaper from Alamo/National no "mandatory" insurance. Never again with Economy.

1 out of 1

Alamo

6.5

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.5

3 locations in Tamarindo

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Diagonal To Tamarindo Diria

+506 2653 0727

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In Jw Marriott Hotel

+506 2653 0727

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Tamarindo Downtown Diagonal

+506 2653 0727

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I booked for one amount and I was charged extra ( a lot) for insurance.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

We spent over an hour talking to the front desk with no clear explanation of what’s going on, until she finally told us they never had the car we booked. They gave it to another couple (who was standing beside us the whole time) who had to get to the airport. And that’s fine, but we could have went to a different rental place without wasting an hour watching her sit behind her computer.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was comfortable

Cons:

The people and pickup process were just awful. I made a reservation, but there were no cars. An hour after my reservation, we started the pick up process, and it took over an hour! They gave me paperwork for the wrong car, the service was terrible, and it was a huge waste of tiime

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff is great!

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
Excellent service. We had to change our plans last minute and the staff were accommodating

1 out of 2

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.0

Very Good

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Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

3 locations in Tamarindo

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Diagonal To Tamarindo Diria

+506 2653 0727

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In Jw Marriott Hotel

+506 2653 0727

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Tamarindo Downtown

+506 2653 0727

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Avis

6.8

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Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Tamarindo

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In front of Natl Bank of Costa Rica

+506 2653 0032

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Plaza Garden Shopping Center

+506 4032 0031

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National

5.0

Fair

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Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.0

3 locations in Tamarindo

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Diagonal To Tamarindo Diria

+506 2653 0727

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In Jw Marriott Hotel

+506 2653 0727

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Tamarindo Downtown Diagonal

+506 2653 0727

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Thrifty

2.0

One location in Tamarindo

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Ctro.comercial Plaza Esmeralda

+506 2653 0829

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8.0 Very Good

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car itself was perfectly fine. A good working car with no issues.

Cons:

I was quoted a very low rate for rental but the insurance to cover the car was over four times the rental rate. I wasn't able to rent without the insurance even though it should be covered through the credit card used to pay for it.

5.6 Fair

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

When we picked up the car, they charged us 4 times the price we were given when we booked online.

1 out of 1

Sixt

10.0

Wonderful

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Calle Central

+506 4000 3022

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Budget

6.2

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Tamarindo Zullymar Hotel

+506 2436 2064

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NU Car

3.8

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Entrance Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas

+506 2653 9129

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Hertz

2.8

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Tamarindo City Center

+506 2653 1358

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easyCar

2.0

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From Huacas Intersection 3 Km through Flamingo and Conchal served by Adobe Rent a Car

+506 2653 6262

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ADOBE

6.0

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

From Huacas Intersection 3 Km through Flamingo and Conchal

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keddy by Europcar

4.0

Mediocre

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2 locations in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

1000, Calle Principal

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Delivery/Collection Service Only

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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

Tamarindo Beach

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next to hotel Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas

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Adobe Rent A Car

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

CC Paseo del Mar, Local #6, Route 180, Huacas - Conchal Cabo Velas, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste

+506 2667 0608

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Ami-Go Car Rental

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

Plaza Esmeralda commercial center.

+506 2653 0829

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Amigo Rent A Car

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

Centro comercial Plaza Esmeralda, frente al Hotel Tamarindo Diriá. Tamarindo, Guanacaste.

+506 2653 0829

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Deal Mobility Rent a Car

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

Provincia Guanacaste, a lado de hotel Best Western Vista Villas.

+506 4002 3857

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FlexWays

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

Pacific Park Av Central, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

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L&M Car Rental

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One location in Tamarindo

Locations in Tamarindo

100mts From The Best Western Tamarindo

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17 travellers who rented a car in Tamarindo gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.0

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Most popular car type

Mini

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